About Nevill Holt Opera

Nurturing the finest operatic talent and supporting emerging artists in the UK.


Nevill Holt Opera produced its first season in June 2013, staging a brand new production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. The press immediately recognised that the new company NHO had ‘set itself a very high standard’ indeed (The Times). Further success followed in 2014 with a critically acclaimed and popular new production of Puccini’s La Bohème, as well as a revival production of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, which subsequently toured to Moscow.


Opera has been performed at Nevill Holt for a decade in the Stable Block Theatre. A history of high quality, touring productions here has created a desire for a festival that is permanent and invested in the local community. Sell out audiences come from the local area, while NHO also attracts a significant following from local, regional and London based businesses. Nevill Holt is building a community of opera lovers around its ongoing success.


Nevill Holt Opera is unique in its celebration of the best of young British talent. NHO deliberately casts young singers, and by offering them a platform at NHO, has provided this young talent with an invaluable stepping stone to the larger professional productions. Singers from past NHO seasons have been engaged by English National Opera, Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera House for work in future years. NHO works with organisations including the National Opera Studio and the Jette Parker programme at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, to ensure their most talented graduates appear on the NHO stage.


Nevill Holt Opera also operates an education programme created in partnership with music, design and theatre teachers. This has reached over 1000 children in the local area, through the support of our Headline sponsors, providing workshops opportunities and dress rehearsal tickets for local children. In addition to this, the children’s chorus for the 2014 La Bohème and the 2015 production of Carmen was made up entirely of students from an inner city Academy in Northampton. For many of these children, NHO was their first experience of classical music, and a stunning introduction.


Nevill Holt is also home to one of the most interesting and diverse collections of modern and contemporary British sculpture and patrons of the opera can spend the afternoon in the historic gardens, enjoying supper in the pop-up restaurant and exploring works by artists Allen Jones, Anthony Gormley, Marc Quinn, Nic Fiddian Green and Sean Henry to name but a few.


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